F. Scott Hess was born in Baltimore, MD, in 1955. He studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison honing his drawing and printmaking skills. Hess began to paint in 1979 at the Vienna Academy of Fine Art, studying in Austria for five and a half years. He had his first solo exhibition in Vienna in 1979 at Galerie Herzog. Hess won numerous grants and awards in Austria, including the prestigious Theodor Koerner Stiftung.